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Hiring: Associate Director of Community Programs

July 22, 2021

Delaware Humanities is now accepting applications for an Associate Director of Community Programs:

The primary objective of this position is to create opportunities for the public to engage in and be inspired by the humanities. Delaware Humanities is advancing its programming to focus on engaging with demographics that have largely been underserved and overlooked by prior humanities initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC populations, LGBTQ+ individuals, low-income and rural communities. As such, this position will require someone with innovative thinking and approaches, as well as an understanding of the target communities, in order to develop strategies that both reach and resonate with these potential audiences.  All programs will be unified under four core themes: Stories & Histories, Culture & Diversity, Media & Democracy, and Climate & the Environment. This position will also engage in long-range planning in support of the organization’s strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will have a familiarity and understanding of Delaware’s diverse communities and possess a track record of working actively with community leaders to reach shared goals through programming. A passion for inquiry, applying critical thinking skills to current issues, inclusivity, and humanities subjects is desired.

Individual Responsibilities:

  • Working actively with a broad range of community leaders and organizations, scholars, and experts to promote humanities-centered ideas through programming;
  • Developing original programming that reacts to community-expressed needs and interests;
  • Managing existing programming and improving on it in ways that will result in greater engagement with underserved communities;
  • Continually evaluating and adapting programming as necessary;
  • Coordinating and overseeing successful program delivery by a diverse group of participants;
  • Acting as the principal liaison with the Program Evaluation Committee; planning, scheduling, and coordinating minutes of Program Review Committee.
  • With executive director and Program Evaluation Committee developing and adhering to yearly program budget;
  • With appropriate members of staff developing grant proposals, reporting on programmatic activities to the NEH and other reporting authorities;
  • Working with communications officer through all stages of program development to create effective promotional campaigns via social media, traditional outlets, and community partners, ensuring that programs reach targeted audiences;
  • Actively participating in state humanities councils exchange of program ideas;
  • Assisting in general duties as directed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum experience of 5-7 years in program development and management required; advanced degree or a combination of education and work experience providing comparable knowledge and skills preferable but not required.
  • Strong abilities in planning, executing, and managing programs.
  • At least 1-2 years experience with working with diverse publics (academic, non-profit, community leaders, grass roots organizers, and activists) and program deliverers (academic and content expert speakers, facilitators, program series contractors, graduate students) preferred.
  • Strong aptitude for working both collaboratively and independently.
  • Excellent writing skills and oral communication skills required; experience in proposal writing desirable.
  • Ability to represent the Delaware Humanities effectively to a broad range of individuals and organizations by demonstrating interest in the humanities and commitment to Delaware Humanities’ work and mission.
  • Ability to travel throughout Delaware to meet with community and organizational leaders.
  • Experience with community-based program evaluation preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a 250 word or less statement describing what the Delaware Humanities mission statement (see below) means to you to through Aug 7th.

MISSION: Delaware Humanities is Delaware’s independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1973, Delaware Humanities strengthens our communities by encouraging all Delawareans to be inspired, informed, and engaged through exploring the diversity of the human experience.